However, if there’s one thing that entrepreneurs must make time for, it’s health. My reasoning is simple: without your health, you won’t have a business!
It seems to be a pattern with entrepreneurs of all ages – they get excited about what they’re doing and end up putting the business before their own well-being.
In my experience as a successful entrepreneur, I’ve found the healthier people are, the most focused they are and they can then preform at a higher level.
Over the years I’ve developed some key practices and tips to staying healthy that work, even when life gets busy. Here are 4 tips for keeping up your physical and mental health as an entrepreneur.
1) Stay active
When I was younger, I used to go to the gym all of the time. Now, I simply find ways to stay active throughout the day so I don’t have to.
Walking has become an important aspect of my day. If I have a business meeting, I will almost always walk back to the office. Taking the time to walk gives me time to think and let the important information sink in.
My point is, there are a ton of things you can do to stay active that don't involve the gym - so no excuses.
2) You are what you eat!
Watching what you eat should be simple, but running a company brings a whole lot of added stress to this seemingly easy task.
When you’re too busy to cook and find yourself constantly eating out, not only are you probably eating less healthily than you should be, but you’re spending money you should be saving.
Small changes can go a long way. My advice is to think about what you want to eat for the week and prepare it on the weekend, or whenever you have spare time.
Bringing a lunch to work is one of the healthiest things you can do as an entrepreneur and it saves your hard-earned money for other things. Treat yourself to lunch out once a week, or a nice dinner (with a good wine, of course) once a month.
Another easy trick is to make the switch from coffee to green tea. The green tea will boost your metabolism and sipping on it will help you get a better sleep than drinking coffee, which leads to my next point…
3) Get enough sleep
A solid 8-hour sleep and running a business don’t mix, let alone even belong in the same sentence! Long hours and an endless to-do list contribute to many entrepreneurs operating on only a few hours of sleep each night. As unrealistic as it may seem – it’s crucial to get at least 6 hours of sleep at night or else you’re risking your health, and therefor business.
Have hard rules surrounding your emails, such as not responding after 8 p.m. If you’re feeling stressed, make a to-do list for the next day, and tackle it first thing in the morning.
4) Don’t forget about your mental health
Your mental health as an entrepreneur is just as important as your physical health. If you’re always on, this can lead to a potential burn out, and business setbacks. Make sure you’re able to fit in some “me” time every once in a while to relax. In my downtime, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and vacationing.
An entrepreneur must take the proper steps to stay healthy and fit, or risk major health problems down the road – which is bad for you, and bad for business. You do have the time, it’s simply a matter of using it correctly.